OTTAWA - Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning said he expected to be cleared by team doctors Friday and hoped to be available for the matinee Saturday against visiting Chicago.
Thursday's game was the third straight he missed because of an upper-body injury.
"The last few days, I feel a lot better," he said after a one-hour practice session Thursday. In 21 games, Manning has three goals, nine points, and a plus-1 rating.
Meanwhile, goalie Michal Neuvirth and center Sean Couturier are making progress from knee injuries. General manager Ron Hextall said Neuvirth was expected to resume skating Friday.
Neuvirth could return in about two weeks, and Couturier is expected back in late December.
Captain Claude Giroux and his longtime girlfriend, Ryanne Breton, got engaged Wednesday in Ottawa. Both grew up in the Ottawa area, and they met four years ago and began dating.
"It's been a long time coming," Giroux, 28, said, before the game against the Senators. "It's pretty exciting."
The couple celebrated with family Wednesday night. On Twitter, Breton wrote: "There are no words! This man. My heart is so full."
Giroux, who on Tuesday ended a nine-game streak without a goal, entered Thursday tied for fifth in the NHL with 15 assists. He took a league-high 12 power-play points into the night.